30 years teaching myself STEM skills and serving my country and I can’t buy an interview while H-1B Freshers are given jobs with zero experience

Something is wrong with that I tell myself as I watch one more piece of my dream homestead being hauled off today and wondering if I will even be able to keep my sheds and land that I live out of.

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Yep, there was a shed there a few minutes ago.

And I’m thinking what a load of crap as I listen to the same Navy that taught me my technology skills as they are playing a commercial urging our kids to learn STEM skills.

Why do I think it is a load of crap?

I know three veterans, and I’ve heard from a bunch more that have decades of knowledge, wisdom, and experience in the software and hardware industry and all of us have one thing in common.

We can’t buy a damn interview.

Meanwhile, wet behind the ears freshers are imported and doing what we spent decades doing as they learn on the jobs while we vets cry in our empty beer cans.

Yep, something is wrong with that picture.

Huge industrial parks that 24/7 used to support an American way of life now can’t even support the local Greek joint.

I’ll bet there’s more perspective, more spirituality hidden in one good October than in all the other things combined.  I went to a graveyard today, to visit my maternal ancestors.  I didn’t tell them anything about the ride over, but I can tell you that I got a real close look at our economy.  Huge industrial parks that 24/7 used to support an American way of life now can’t even support the local Greek joint.  Our goods deficits have been averaging around $2 billion per day this year — this is what it felt like, and looked like.  I tried to find a store, among the board-ups and bankruptcies, where I could buy some flowers, but all of the flowers had come from other countries.  I don’t make a habit of this, but I do like to buy American-made goods from Walmart’s competitors.  Today it was a jug of water and some paper towels — “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” — from a Kmart.  Pretty much everything else I looked at came from Communist China, with the exception of a plastic watermelon target that oozes red juice when you hit it square with your Red Ryder.  The BB guns were U.S.-made, too, and I was halfway tempted to get one just to put some of those race-to-the-bottom shoppers out of their misery, until I realized that the news reporters would ask me what I was doing inside of a Kmart.  Still we’ve got this habit of despising the future and the children who live there.  Hating our country accomplishes nothing.  Hating our government — the government that we the adult people elect, enable, and endure — now this can really get things done.  My ancestors would have no problem understanding Dante’s Inferno and condemning economic traitors to the ninth and lowest circle of Hell.  Who more deserving?  Anyway, I left the graveyard and drove by a pumpkin patch that’s long been a local tradition for autumn leaves and apple cider.  This year, they’ve put up several large signs advertising “Camel Rides.”  I didn’t stop.  I kept driving until I got to one of those insulated suburbs with no life-serving economy.  I found a coffee shop with a good wi-fi and incredible, incredible coconut macaroons — which is where I am right now.  You can’t support a nation with coconut macaroons.  You can’t even insulate a suburb with macaroons.  Come to think of it, I’ll need to find some real food in a few hours.  Maybe Chinese.  I like Chinese.  I would never agree to eat it every day, or every month, but like I said: October is a magical place — at least it is here in America.

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Americans helping out Americans is what it is all about, so please help this Veteran out.

Like most people, I was always to busy chasing that golden ring to get involved in other activities.

When I suddenly found myself unable to find work in the software industry anymore, it damn nearly destroyed me.

A couple of years ago I was sitting in a beer joint here in town and I heard they were holding a Wounded Warriors benefit and it intrigued me, so even though I’m not much on crowds, I went to the benefit, and I enjoyed myself immensely and began to realize that there is more to life than chasing that damn dangling carrot that is always just out of reach.

Now these folks have helped me when I needed help, and even though I do not have any money to my name, I’m going to do what I can to help this guy make that bike ride.

I would appreciate it if you could help him reach his goal, and for every $100 donated, I’m willing to donate 4 hours worth of software skills to help you with a project of your own, and hey, if you like my work, I’m more than willing to discuss helping you full time as I desperately need work myself.

And thank you for helping this guy out.



We gave up our future, families and friends.

In Dante’s Inferno, the final circle of Hell was reserved for sinners guilty of treachery.*

(I’m not making this up.)

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE

These mysteries I read cut into stone
above a gate.  And turning I said: “Master,
what is the meaning of this harsh inscription?”
And he then as initiate to novice:
“Here you must put by all division of spirit
and gather your soul against all cowardice.
This is the place I told you to expect.
Here you shall pass among the fallen people,
souls who have lost the good of intellect.”

— Ciardi translation

ABANDON EVERY HOPE, WHO ENTER HERE

These words their aspect was obscure I read
inscribed above a gateway, and I said:
Master, their meaning is difficult for me.
And he to me, as one who comprehends:
Here one must leave behind all hesitation;
here every cowardice must meet its death.
For we have reached the place of which I spoke,
where you will see the miserable people,
those who have lost the good of the intellect.

— Mandelbaum translation

“I understand from your words and the look in your eyes,”
that shadow of magnificence answered me,
“your soul is sunken in that cowardice
that bears down many men, turning their course
and resolution by imagined perils,
as his own shadow turns the frightened horse.
To free you of this dread I will tell you all
of why I came to you and what I heard
when first I pitied you.”

— Ciardi translation

If I have understood what you have
said, replied the shade of that great-hearted
one, your soul has been assailed by cowardice,
which often weighs so heavily on a man
distracting him from honorable trials as
phantoms frighten beasts when shadows fall.
That you may be delivered from this fear,
I’ll tell you why I came and what I heard
when I first felt compassion for your pain.

— Mandelbaum translation

*Treachery, for example, to kin and country.

(I’m still not making this up.)

“We gave up our future, families and friends. / Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.”**

(Now this I did make up.)

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**

“Dollar to the Giant”

Echoing rust. Factory line.
Dead-child memory of another time.
The sign said this spot was USA—
Too young to know it didn’t have to be this way.

Sweat-stain genius, practical hands,
Built factories, built the goods, built the land.
First steps forgotten. History blind,
We’re connected to our roots by a credit line.

Wakening giant. Hunger and rice.
Caught the scent of our money, knew we wouldn’t fight.
Slippery giant. History wise.
Put down his guns, put on a friendly disguise.

We closed our eyes

And the Giant from the East woke up from a sleep, hunger for the heads of our young.
No suspicion of war, through the open door, manifest of Mao Tse-Tung.
Ulterior plans in the giant’s hands, steel cages hit our shores in a flood.
And all we received for a moment of greed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We gave up our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Agreeable climate: pickpockets and noise.
The bankers jumped to the giant like little boys.
Economy experts selling their time,
But nothing made nothing. Can you spare a dime?

Productivity’s children sleeping in chains.
Giant kept our credit up, kept us entertained.
Fear-fallen children couldn’t say no.
Wouldn’t read label made in Chinese. Where did the money go?

Detoured discussion about manufacturing trade.
Instead we’re led to every trap the giant made.
The future decided at the giant’s store—
Took every dollar we had and loaned us money for more.

Who are we doing this for?

The Giant from the East, a billion-head beast, feeding on the hopes of our young.
No resemblance of war, through the open door, mannequins of Mao Tse-Tung.
Invisible plans in the giant’s hands, temptation hit our stores in a flood.
And all we received for bargains we believed was paid for with our children’s blood.

We traded in our future, families and friends.
Dollar to the giant, dollar never seen again.

Reckoning rust. Factory line.
Lost-dream memory of a better time.
All the signs say this choice was Made in USA—
Too numb to know it didn’t have to be this way.

 

 

 

© 2008 Robert Hall – Music By Robert Hall (ASCAP)

Stop the ridiculous colonialism from Communist China

#1.

“The Employment Situation — September 2014″

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#2.

“U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services — August 2014; Part B: NOT Seasonally Adjusted; Exhibit 12. U.S. Trade in Goods; Balance: Total Balance of Payments Basis (L) vs. Total Census Basis (R); In millions of dollars”

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#3.

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“1 + 2 = ???”

 

Shoot Straight.

Cherchez la Chine.

 

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Why would artists anywhere on Earth support their own repression by purchasing Chinese goods?

Often as not, the American artist is a worldly ignoramus.

“Xinhua Insight: China’s Xi points way for arts”

[Xinhua link -- October 16, 2014]

  • Addressing authors, actors, script writers and dancers at a symposium in Beijing, Xi urged artists to create more works that are both artistically outstanding and morally inspiring, in order to serve the people and socialism and to present socialist core values.  Artists should not “lose themselves in the tide of market economy nor go astray while answering the question of whom to serve, otherwise their works will lack vitality,” he said.  Art works should not be the “slaves” of the market and should not bear “the stench of money.”
  • Watched by senior Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Liu Yunshan, President Xi said cultural and artistic sectors in China must serve the people and socialism.  “Socialist culture and art is, in essence, the culture and art of the people,” he said, adding that serving the people and the socialist cause is a requirement of the CPC, and it is essential to the future development of the country’s cultural and artistic sectors.

Why would artists anywhere on Earth support their own repression by purchasing Chinese goods?

“Communist Party tightens grip on control of China’s universities”

[SCMP link -- October 16, 2014]

  • The General Office of the Communist Party of China, which is directly under the Central Committee, released the directive for higher education entities to unify under the party leadership yesterday.

Often as not, the worldly intellectual is a coward, too comfortable.

As regards our nation’s looters, in their own words today:

“Semi-Annual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies”

www.treasury.gov/resource-center/international/exchange-rate-policies/Documents/2014-10-15%20FXR.pdf

  • The main global challenge is to boost the present pace of demand growth, which in turn will bolster job growth.
  • The euro area’s surplus now exceeds China’s surplus as a share of global GDP.
  • China’s current account surplus in 2013 came in a bit below 2 percent of GDP, down significantly from its peak of 10.1 in 2007.
  • China should allow the market to play a greater role in determining the exchange rate.
  • Given Korea’s sizeable current account surplus, large reserves, and undervalued currency, the won should be allowed to appreciate further.
  • Japan has not intervened in the foreign exchange markets in three years.
  • Based on the analysis in this report, Treasury has concluded that no major trading partner of the United States met the standard of manipulating the rate of exchange between their currency and the United States dollar for purposes of preventing effective balance of payments adjustments or gaining unfair competitive advantage in international trade as identified in Section 3004 of the Act during the period covered in the Report.

But of course our major trading partners and creditors are all playing by the rules.

What’s the game?

 

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The Hong Kong protesters are protesting what Americans should be protesting: 1.36 billion mainland Chinese getting ready to devour the planet like a swarm of locusts.

Practically Obvious:

  • Nobody cares about inequality.  When people have enough, they don’t worry about other people who have more.
  • Liberty and happiness are learned.  Citizens won’t resist a change of management if they think their work and the way they’re treated will stay the same.
  • The Hong Kong protesters are protesting what Americans should be protesting: 1.36 billion mainland Chinese getting ready to devour the planet like a swarm of locusts.
  • A useful “Why Are You Idiots Still Buying Foreign Goods?” PDF was attached here.

Why Are You Idiots Still Buying Foreign Goods

“The Middle East Doesn’t Matter”

www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-middle-east-doesnt-matter

  • Neither ISIS nor any of America’s fair-weather allies are worth the price of the U.S.’s deepening regional commitments.

“Art must present socialist values: Xi”

[Xinhua link -- October 15, 2014]

  • Life-like works should be created so as to tell people in [a] “covert but influential” way what should be praised and what should be denied, he said.  Art works should also present patriotism as the main theme and foster correct viewpoints of history, nationality and culture, as well as strengthen pride in being Chinese, according to the president.

“Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures Invests In Impossible Foods”

[China Money Network link -- October 15, 2014]

  • California-based artificial meat maker Impossible Foods . . . develops new technologies to produce plant-based foods that outperform existing meat and dairy products in taste and nutrition, at a lower cost and with a much lower impact on the global environment.  Horizons Ventures has previously invested in Hampton Creek Foods, a company developing technologies to make artificial eggs, and led a US$10 million series A round in Modern Meadow Inc., a start-up that can grow meat and leather in the lab.

“How Many Americans Does It Take To Pull a Plug?”
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A notice to All software types displaced by H-1B visa holders – Please send this nationwide

There is something fundamentally wrong with a process that will allow our federal and state government to award government contracts to foreign firms operating on American soil who will import foreign visa holders to displace Americans in America.

Think about that.

We can’t say much when a private company uses the money they have made from selling products to do the same.

But, the government at the state and federal level receives its funding via the taxes that we pay in to support Americans in America.

And they are using these taxpayer supplied funds to hire foreign firms operating on American soil.

And these foreign firms are importing hundreds of thousands of visa holders that are being used to displace Americans with decades of experience in their industry.

Perhaps I am only one man, but I believe this is wrong.

Not just because I can’t buy an interview in the software industry.

But because I can’t buy an interview at any level anymore.

Most people, even family, just don’t get it.  This is not like unemployment in the past.  In my early 20s, I tried every sort of job for around 4 years or so.  I could always get another job – maybe not a great one – but I was never out of work for any long stretches.  That’s what’s different now – you can’t get another job and get back control of your own life no matter what you do.  Some employed people may be sympathetic to a degree, but they really don’t see it (and maybe don’t want to see it) for what it really is – the end of working and making a decent living, and the end of financial independence.  And you’re NOT going to get a job at Mac Donald’s or Target or the local supermarket because the Latinos etc already have it.  You’re NOT going to join the young baristas at Starbuck’s or the waiters and waitresses at Chili’s because all the college kids and recent graduates who can’t get good jobs anywhere else are already working there.  The low-end, low-pay jobs are all taken and the professional jobs are being given to cheaper foreign workers.

Is high tech’s current treatment of American STEM professionals just a pilot project for some future nation-wide screwing of nearly all American professional men and women?  I don’t know, but should anyone really be surprised if it is?  There’s only way that most people will wake up – when it happens to them when they lose their jobs and their incomes and lifestyles.  Then they’ll be shocked and outraged and demand that something be done.  But as long as it’s just 20-25 million of their fellow Americans including hundreds of thousands of displaced STEM professionals, who cares?  What’s that old saying?  When they came for all the others, I didn’t care because I didn’t know any of them, but by the time they came for me – there was nobody left to care.

The comments written above were written by somebody else experiencing what I am experiencing.

And there are hundreds of thousands of Americans going through the same thing.

And it is time to put a stop to this.

These are the firms (some of them) operating here in America that are displacing Americans in America.

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Will you help us identify which federal and state government contracts these firms are working on so that we can contact the appropriate government contacts to put an end to this by demanding that All taxpayer funds will be utilized to hire American and Buy American, Period.

 

Let this be my Message In A Bottle cast far out in a sea of despair.

Folks, we don’t want your sympathy.

Nor your charity.

Nor do we deserve your looks of scorn while we watch you trip over your nose held oh so high.

We simply want to stabilize our situation.

Because once we can do that, we have the skills to work our way back up the ladder of life.

But without this stability, it is impossible to focus on anything..

What does this stability entail?

It is different for each of us depending on where we are at in our lives.

For me, my travels have landed me on 9.38 acres of land in the country.

I am happy here.

I could retire here if I could just find work that would allow me to do so.

Sadly it doesn’t take much, but even as little as this is out of my reach.

My land requires $460.79 per month and I am currently one month behind, and soon to be two once we go past the 24th of October.

My sheds require $410.00 per month and thankfully I am only $95.00 behind on them.

My electricity seems to average $100 per month, and my cell phone seems to be stabilizing at around $85 per month, and yes, I do need a I phone as one of my plans for working my way back up the ladder requires developing apps for a smart phone if I can get to that point.

My biggest cost is my internet via a exede satellite system.

I have their biggest plan at about $115 per month, but every month I go over their limit and for the most part, all I do is my work here at Keep America At Work.

As you can see, it doesn’t require a lot for me to be happy, and I figure for $600 per week I can stabilize my situation and meet all my requirements and start building a life anew.

Yet I can’t find that.

And as I look at the jobs I held for decades, I see that we are importing visa holders and paying them substantially more than I require to meet my needs as an American in America.

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As an example, the picture above shows what we are paying foreigners brought in on a H-1B visa in cities in Texas, and as you can see, every single one of them is paying more than the $15.00 per hour that I need to meet my needs, and I am an American, and a Texan in America, and Texas.

Is there something wrong with this picture?

Or am I just foolish to think that American companies in America, and especially Texas companies in Texas would want to employ Americans in America?

Or Texans in Texas?

By the way, for those wanting to see how I came up with those figures, you can click here to view them.